We will be observing International Archaeology Day from October 15th to October 20th with a video presentation of "Captue the Feature". Admission will be free on Saturday, October 20th!
Our regular season ends on October 31st. We will close from November 1st to November 18th. Our Executive Director will return on November 19th. If her white pickup truck is out front, we are open! It is always best to call first during the winter months (605-996-5473) to make sure tours are available.
Lakota Games on Ice!
We will have the 7th Annual Lakota Games on Ice on Saturday, 1:00pm, January 19th, 2019. Join Mike Marshall, Sicangu Lakota, as he teaches us the games played by his ancestors. This is THE. MOST. FUN. you will have all winter! Admission is free, donations are gladly accepted. As always, we will serve hot chocolate after the games!
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3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Just 5 minutes northwest of the Corn Palace!
October at the Village
Free Admission on October 20th!!
We will observe International Archaeology Day from October 15th to the 20th! We have a special new video, "Capture the Feature" to be aired that week. This video shows how we create an exhibit from a feature in the excavation site. A feature is a neutral term used by archaeologists to label anything such as stains, architectural elements, floral or final deposits, and artifact concentrations that are discovered during archaeological research that cannot immediately be identified. In our excavation site, the feature is a collection of bison scapula hoes that were leaning against a wall inside a lodge that burned down. The scapulae fell in a cluster and "told a story" about this fire - that the fire was accidental. Had the fire been deliberately set by our villagers they would have removed the scapula hoes and other tools that were subsequently forever damaged by the intense heat and weight of the fall wall. This video is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Village.